Kerala- Muslim League Sex Scandal-Judiciary to all involved

When brothers fall apart

Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty caused a sensation when he claimed at a press conference on Friday that his estranged brother-in-law K M Rauf had engaged some criminals from Mangalore to finish him off. He not only hinted at the possibility that Rauf was fabricating a CD to defame him but also regretted that he had gone out of the way to help him while he was in power. Sooner than later, Rauf who was his right hand man, until they fell out a year ago, said that in the infamous ice cream-parlour case, Kunhalikutty had influenced the witnesses and the judiciary to save his skin. He also claimed that he had documentary evidence of how he himself, at Kunhalikutty’s behest, got an agreement signed by a key witness in the case so that she did not go back on her statement.

A news channel has telecast portions of the agreement signed by Rejina, who had initially alleged that Kunhalikutty had sexually exploited her. It was in 1997 that the case involving Sreedevi, who used an ice-cream parlour in Kozhikkode, as a front to run a flesh trade racket was exposed at the initiative of a women’s welfare organisation. Rejina, one of the victims of the racket, named the Muslim League leader as one of those who exploited her. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate. Lo and behold, her statement was again recorded before another magistrate, when she denied point blank the involvement of Kunhalikutty. Neither the then LDF nor the subsequent UDF government showed any interest in either arresting Kunhalikutty or pursuing the case to its logical culmination.

True, Rauf’s statement cannot be taken at its face value. But the evidence he has produced corroborates the widely-held belief that political power was misused to derail justice in the case. It is a well-known secret that witnesses like Rejina and Bindu, who lived in shanties, suddenly became so prosperous that they could build large houses. Many people associated with the case have now come out in the open with assertions and allegations that various forces were at work to scuttle the case. However welcome registering a case against Rauf for threatening Kunhalikutty may be, the matter should not end there. Justice demands that all those who influenced witnesses, policemen and officials through money and muscle power are also brought to book.

Kunhalikutty, Rauf booked

 

KOZHIKODE: Police have registered case against IUML state general secretary P K Kunhalikutty and his co-brother K A Rauf for forcing the victims in the ice-cream parlour sex racket case to retract their statements.

 

Town Police registered the FIR (59/2001) in the case and have started the investigation following the news appeared in the media after the news conference by Kunhalikutty and Rauf. There was allegations that Rauf and Kunhalikutty asked two witnesses in the case to retract their statements in which they named the IUML leader. Cases have been charged against both for conspiracy, forgery, influencing witnesses, among others.  Police took the action ostensibly after a direction in this regard from the Home Department. City Police Commissioner P Vijayan will supervise the probe.

 

 


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